Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Carwyn becomes "Un Petit René"?
Its hardly the equivalent of February 12, 1962, When René" Lévesque the founder of modern Quebec Nationliam started his public campaign for nationalisation. of "Hydro-Québec when he was a minister in the then Quebec Liberal Administration. but Carwyn Jones' plans f or the Welsh government wants to buy Cardiff Airport from its current owners, is worthy of note
The First Minister, announced that an agreement had been reached with owner TBI and it will work towards a purchase over the next few months.
The airport would be run on a commercial basis by an independent operator on behalf of the government.
It will not receive subsidies and should make a "return to the Welsh taxpayer", Mr Jones said.
Plaid Cymru welcomed the announcement and said the airport needed to be a "shopfront" for Wales, but Conservatives demanded evidence that nationalisation would provide value, and Liberal Democrats warned it would become a "money pit" for public funds.
Interestingly the Conservatives seem less negative than the Lib Dems.
Of course Hydro-Quebec has obtained almost mythical status there going from 192 when Lévesque n started his public campaign for nationalisation.in 1962 where In a speech to the Quebec Electric Industry Association he bluntly called the whole electric business an "unbelievably costly mess"
Since then has transformed into an economic "Miracle " and a achieved almost mythical status in Quebed and a symbol of National Identity equivalent to Mondragon in the Basque country .
Of course an airport is not the even close to these, but iit could show we in Wales have some vision and if the proposed electrification of the rail line to Swansea actually goes again then with rail link to Cardiff Wales Airport on the lines of Heathrow Express it would help to open it up to new customers .
I hope this, if managed properly this will show that we in Wales can turn things around and build on this by doing things our way.
We need imagination however and the Welsh Government must tell us their vision of how Cardiff Wales Airport can be both profitable and serve the needs of the people of Wales.
But its a start and we should (whilst still checking the small print) give it a cautious welcome.